BABC Northern California Events Calendar

Britweek: The Design Series

Date: May 9, 2013 Time: 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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Event Description

Online registration is closed but tickets will be available on the door for $30.

BABC and Britweek are delighted to present the first annual San Francisco Design Series. This exciting event features two moderated panel discussions celebrating the cross-currents between British and Californian creativity and innovation from architecture and interiors to product design, brand creation and technology.

Our first panel, focusing on architecture and interior design, features Philip Wood of CITIZEN:Citizen, Kevin Hackett of The Academy of Art, Abigail Turin of KallosTurin and moderator Adele Cygelman of MixxCentury.

Following a drinks and networking reception in the beautiful De Sousa Hughes showroom, our product design and technology panel will feature Scott Summit of Bespoke Innovations - 3D Systems, John Stoddard of IDEO, Paul Wylde of 'paulwylde' and moderator Tim Bradshaw of The Financial Times (find out more about them below).

We’ll be rounding off the evening with an exclusive after party at the Project 1 Gallery , kindly sponsored by McLaren San Francisco, with works exhibited by British Artists including Adam Gale and Tom Eine, as well as music from a top British DJ.


Architecture and Design Panel

Philip Wood, CITIZEN:Citizen

Philip Wood is best known for being the curatorial and creative brains behind the international design and art brand, CITIZEN:Citizen. He is also a speaker, professor and cultural critic whose views on products, design, craft and art have led him across the world, speaking about and engaging with those who see the potential for objects as vehicles for communication.

He is passionately involved in tracking their various locations in contemporary culture, whether  it be through curating, gallery inversions (where visitors bring their own objects to the gallery),  museum shows and, what he calls, rogue retail  practices, which are as much cultural interventions as shopping events.

Products from Wood's company, CITIZEN:Citizen, are part of the permanent collections of both  the New York and San Francisco MoMA. Originally trained in the traditions of English cabinet making, Wood's business career spans  furniture design, production, retailing (both interiors and fashion) and now, curation and production of conceptual design objects.

Kevin Hackett, The Academy of Art

Kevin Hackett is a teacher and lecturer of integrated design practice at CCA and the Academy of Art. Kevin Hackett was born in Limerick, Republic of Ireland. He received both his B.A. (Hons) and PG Dip. in Architecture from the University of Plymouth in the U.K. Kevin’s career has spanned continents, having worked in Paris and Shanghai before moving to San Francisco in search of a more ecological methodology. He is principal and co-founder at Síol, an integrated design practice that was conceived to nurture the multidisciplinary mindset, unfold a greater awareness of spatial phenomena and be a conduit for a deeper connection between self and place.

His recent lecture series, ‘Building Consciousness’, investigated the merging disciplines of Architecture and Psychology. He presented the paper ‘Towards an Integral Architecture’ at the 2010 Integral Theory Conference. Kevin continues to take his conceptual thinking into mindful action through his practice. Before joining the Academy, Kevin had previously taught and guest lectured at the California College of the Arts.
Abigail Turin, KallosTurin

Abigail Turin, Assoc. AIA, is an architect and winner of the RIBA 2010 International award. Abigail Turin runs the San Francisco office of KallosTurin. Prior to co-founding KallosTurin, Abigail focused on high-end residential and office design. She worked at David Chipperfield Architects in London and later collaborated with the office on the design and construction of the New York offices of Thomas Weisel Partners in the eminent Lever House building. Abigail has a Master's degree in Architecture, with Distinction, from Harvard University.

Moderator: Adele Cygelman, MixxCentury

Born and raised in London, after college Adele boarded a plane for the U.S. and hopped on a Greyhound bus for one memorable cross-country trip.
She landed in L.A. where she found her path as a magazine writer and editor, first at Los Angeles magazine, then Architectural Digest, then Robb Report, where she launched 4 magazines all revolving around her passions—architecture, interior design and real estate. She’s also the author of “Palm Springs Modern” and “Secret Gardens of Hollywood.”
Adele went on to start Domain LA with a business partner to focus on PR/marketing in the luxury design and real estate worlds.Now her focus is shifting again. With some friends she is launching MixxCentury, an online marketplace for antiques and vintage items for the home.

Product Design and Technology Panel

Scott Summit, Bespoke Innovations - 3D Systems

Scott Summit seeks to connect complex human needs with design and technology solutions. To this end, he founded Bespoke Innovations in 2010, based on 20 years of experience and research in design and additive fabrication.  Bespoke was founded on the simple idea that an integrated approach that connects design, medicine and new technology stands to offer more meaningful and individualized solutions to address a wide variety of human needs. 

As a designer, his clients have included Apple, Nike, Palm, Silicon Graphics, and other innovations-oriented companies large and small.  His designs have earned international recognition including top honors from the IDSA, IDEA, The Chicago Athenaeum, IGood Design, and Core77.  Summit holds over 20 design and utility patents and has held faculty positions at Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon, and currently holds a faculty position at Singularity University.  He has spoken at TEDx Cambridge (watch his brilliant talk about
3D printing artificial limbs here), the Vanguard Lecture Series, the Summit Series, Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series and keynoted at Autodesk University.  Bespoke was acquired by 3D Systems in May of 2012, and now drives its medical solutions research.

John Stoddard, IDEO
John Stoddard is a Senior Designer, leading product and service design projects at IDEO in California. IDEO is an internationally renowned design firm and innovation consultancy founded in Palo Alto. The company designs products, services, environments, and digital experiences and has been ranked as one of the most innovative companies in the world. Mr. Stoddard works with clients on new strategies for business and brands, as well as building the creative culture required to sustain innovation.
He has worked on a wide range of projects for large corporations worldwide, as well as for start-up companies in California. Prior to joining IDEO’s California design team in 1997, Mr. Stoddard was the head of design in IDEO’s London office.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Great Britain, a member of the Industrial Design Society of America, and a member of the Chartered Society of Designers in the UK. He has received many design awards for his work including a Business Week IDEA Gold award and an iF Design award in China.

Paul Wylde, 'paulwylde'

With a diverse background of global creative leadership roles, Paul Wylde is now the CEO and Creative Director of ‘paulwylde’ - a brand, innovation and design consultancy that specializes in developing business and enthusing clients with breakthrough ideas.
The thread of his considerable experience that has a heavy bias towards romancing experiences and creating memorable brand touch-points for some of the world’s most prestigious brands including British Airways, Concorde, BMW, Rolls Royce, Airbus and Boeing. He has a proven track record in nurturing and driving innovation in large-scale multinational companies. Mr. Wylde has also worked as the Brand Guardian for the British Airways and was responsible for the global creative direction of the brand across 67 international markets. He has a passion for understanding consumer trends and translating implications to design insight.

Moderator: Tim Bradshaw,The Financial Times

Tim Bradshaw has been reporting on technology for almost a decade. He joined the Financial Times in London in 2008 as its first digital media correspondent before moving to San Francisco last year, where he covers Apple, Twitter, hardware startups and the mobile ecosystem.

Event Sponsors

Event Location Panel Event:

San Francisco Design Center
Two Henry Adams Street 
San Francisco
CA 94103

The panels will be held in the ground floor of the Showcase Building of the Design Center which is on the corner of 8th and Townsend. The Reception is in the De Sousa Hughes showroom on the first floor.

After Party:

Project One
251 Rhode Island Street
San Francisco
CA 94103

The venues are just two blocks from each other, click here to see a map!

Date/Time Information Thursday May 9, 2013

Registration will be open from 4pm

Part 1 - Architecture and Interiors


Part 2 - Product Design and Technology

8pm - late
After Party at Project 1

Contact Information
Hannah Keen at the BABC Office on +1.415.296.8645
$20 - Online tickets (advance sales will close at midnight on Wednesday May 8)

$30 - On the door

Admission includes a glass of wine at the networking reception and house wine and beer at the official after party.

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